Top in-state recruit goes Buff

The 10th-ranked Buffaloes reeled in a big fish on Thursday...

Arvada (Colo.) Pomona offensive tackle Jake Moretti has decided he will play his college football in Boulder, just 17 miles north of his high school, instead of Columbus.

Moretti, the top ranked in-state recruit from the Class of 2017, had been on Ohio State's commitment list for nearly a year-and-a-half before changing his mind. He will graduate from Pomona early in December and enroll at Colorado in January.

Moretti suffered a torn ACL last summer. Even though he was forced to miss his entire senior season at Pomona, Moretti still ranks 14th nationally among offensive tackle prospects and he is just outside the Scout Top 100 at No. 103.

“Moretti is a natural tackle prospect and checks off every box you could want in a next level player,” Scout recruiting analyst Greg Biggins previously wrote. “He has a great frame and will have no problem adding as much weight as needed to play at the next level. He's a very aggressive player who finishes his blocks, can get to the second level and plays with the perfect amount of nastiness.”

Colorado recruited Moretti's former teammate, and close friend, Dillon Middlemiss to Boulder two years ago. The Buffaloes are closely evaluating Pomona's versatile playmaker Max Borghi, a 2018 prospect.

The Buffaloes now have a total of 22 verbal commitments for the Class of 2017, six of whom are expected to be on campus at Colorado for the spring semester: Moretti, Shamar Hamilton, Dante Sparaco, Isaiah Lewis, Tyler Lytle and Jaylon Jackson.

Moretti is expected to take an unofficial visit to watch the Buffaloes' game against Washington State on Saturday afternoon, and he is expected to make the short trek up I-36 again for his official visit the weekend of Dec. 9.

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